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Traveler Set-Up -Better Solution?
On my Pearson 10M, I have the traveler in the cockpit. The traveler has the mainsheet block/locking cam car on a single track. On each end of the car are two pulleys. On each end of the track, they is a another set of pulleys and a locking cam cleat on the side of the cockpit.
There is one line that threads through one side of the traveler car, both set of pulleys, and the corresponding locking cam cleat one one side and then underneath the car to the other side, where is is threaded the same way. The free end of each side of the line is tied off to an eyelet near the cam cleats. This is probably not well described.
To move the traveler, you release the line from one locking cleat on the leeward side, then pull on the proper section of the line on the windard side, which pulls the traveler to that side. The line is then cleated.
The problem with this set-up, in my opnion, is that since the line is essentianly a loop with no "free end", it is difficult to easily move with one hand. You can't easily grab it and yank on it. Also, becasue of the multiple pulleys on each side, figuring out which portion of the line one needs to grab and pull is often "a guess", and you really need to "move" a lot of rope length to move the traveler 4 feet. Also the long section bewteen each cam cleat often catches on my foot as I move around/on the bridge deck.
On a J105 that I crew on, it is set-up with very similar hardware, except there are two lines instead of the the one continuous line. To move the traveler, you release the line in the locked cam cleat, and then pull on the free end of the line on the other side and lock it in the other cam cleat. One line and no guessing one which to pull, 1/2 of the length of line to pull, and nothing to really catch my foot on.
Aside from the increased force needed to move the traveler because of the use of less pulleys, is there anything "wrong" with this set-up?